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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS 14x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Olympus has good camera reviews
Unacceptable noise level
Does not have good technical guidance

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Reviews

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 84 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 100% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus E-PL3 supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the P330, or the P7700 both from Nikon or the Canon S110 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Audio

Noisy

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Newegg.com mentioned “Loud fan”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus E-PL3 features voice recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus E-PL3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Newegg.com mentioned “Loud fan”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life.


Features

Good Features

One customer who purchased the product thought it had good features. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “It has lots of features and interchangeable lens”.


Design

Good Quality

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Newegg.com said “The chassis build quality is solid” in their Olympus E-PL3 review. Newegg.com also mentioned “Takes good quality images” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “The build quality, in my opinion, is good” in their review.

Good Looking

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This really is a beautiful machine”.

Easy to Use

Two owners who reviewed the product said that it was easy to use. Two years ago Newegg.com mentioned “You can also control fan speed with the top buttons Will get close to 6000RPM so use heaphones lol”. One person who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Runs any game i throw at it with settings on MaxUltra” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Well Made

Five owners reckoned that the product was well made. Newegg.com mentioned “Nicely built and good looking” . Newegg.com also said “Solid keyboard and no empty spaces between keys so no need to worry about dirt under the keys” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “It manages the trifecta of solid processing power when you need it, good battery life when you don't” in their review.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Newegg.com said “I like the rugged touch pad as it won't collect fingerprints”.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 0.71x, the biggest is 14x, and the average digital zoom is 4.1x. With a digital zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PL3 has one of the biggest digital zooms amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and type is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera that we have assessed the maximum aperture number of, the Olympus E-PL3's maximum aperture number of 22 is one of the smallest.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera. The smallest optical zoom of low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1x, the biggest is 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the 500, or the EOS 1D MarkIII ($810.00) both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm XQ2 (4x and higher rated).

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 84 millimeters, the Olympus E-PL3 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 230mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. At 3.5, the Olympus E-PL3 has a quite large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus E-PL3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the Canon SX50 HS.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most digital cameras of this age and type have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 1024 x 768.

A 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a higher image resolution than most low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Two people concluded that the product was able to produce good images. Newegg.com wrote in their Olympus E-PL3 review “I took lots of still images and took several HD videos”.

Good for Video Recording

Four customers who reviewed the product said that it was good for video recording. Newegg.com scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Takes good HD videos”. Newegg.com also wrote “HD Videos are good” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “It can stream video” in their review.

Good Screen

Three customers who purchased the Olympus E-PL3 said that it had a good screen. Newegg.com mentioned two years ago “The screen is brighter than any other laptop I evaluated -” in their review of this digital camera. Newegg.com also mentioned “Screen is large enough.” in their review.


Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Olympus E-PL3 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Olympus E-PL3 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Olympus E-PL3 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus E-PL3 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-LF1 is also worth considering.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Olympus E-PL3 supports live view, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Calendar

The Olympus E-PL3 features calendar, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus E-PL3 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Olympus E-PL3 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus E-PL3 features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus E-PL3 has an HDMI, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus E-PL3 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Olympus E-PL3 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus E-PL3 has a batteries included. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera range from 1GB to 64GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 19GB. When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera that we have assessed, the Olympus E-PL3's maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this camera.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Olympus E-PL3 is a camera that takes 330 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

One person who bought this digital camera said that it did not have good technical guidance. Newegg.com wrote “On one of Intel help forums, someone stated that the Bay Trail models cannot access the custom resolution mode settings” however despite that they still gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy and Bulky

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it was heavy and bulky. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Will bump to 58w with heavy load yet still half the PSU capacity”.

Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the Olympus E-PL3 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

Alternative 265g digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95).

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers unknown epl3slv1442mm2rslv, unknown epl3blk1442mm2rblk, unknown epl3white1442mm, unknown v205031ru000
Barcodes 00050332180376, 00050332180383, 00050332180390, 00050332180406, 04545350037543, 04545350037550, 04545350037567, 07332779109312

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